"Molly Malone" is one of the first lessons I ever wrote. The Irish Chanty is doubly important to me, as it is one of several that my father used to sing to me as a boy. In this lesson fourth graders pass a several boxes around the circle on the beat to mimic the loading and offloading of cargo. Whoever is holding a box when the line "cockles and muscles alive, alive o!" comes around has to hold the box over the head and improvise their own market place cry. "Molly Malone" is also one of several songs I used as a framing device for new lyrics that the kids devise themselves.